ThirdAge Health Headliners of the Week
Welcome to the debut of our new feature, "ThirdAge Health Headliners of the Week"! We've culled the most important articles we brought you Monday to Friday based on breaking stories from around the world that can help you and your family stay well. Whether you missed these items the first time they appeared or you caught them and could use a refresher, our goal is to help you stay up-to-date on medical research that can impact your life.
Have a look at the digest for each topic and then click on the title to go to the complete article. We hope you'll like what you find here and that you'll come back every Friday for a new installment!
Dieting and exercise may lead to more than just weight loss in older women – it could potentially reduce their risk for breast cancer.That conclusion was the result of a study performed at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle. Previous research indicated that losing just 5 percent or more of body weight could cut the risk of estrogen-fueled breast cancer.
Citing risks and unproven benefits of prostate testing, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), has recommended against this cancer screening tool for healthy men of all ages. The UPSTF position on the issue, published online in Annals of Internal Medicine, comes on the heels of the organization's draft guideline issued in 2011. However, an ad hoc group made up of prominent experts has challenged the UPSTF stance.